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1:25 PM ET, December 4, 2007


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'Kill switch' dropped from Vista  —  Microsoft is to withdraw an anti-piracy tool from Windows Vista, which disables the operating system when invoked, following customer complaints.  —  The so-called "kill switch" is designed to prevent users with illegal copies of Vista from using certain features.
Spencer E. Ante / Business Week:
Verizon Embraces Google's Android  —  How Verizon Wireless learned to stop worrying and love open access.  Step one: Realizing it's a way to add low-cost customers  —  In yet another sudden shift, Verizon Wireless plans to support Google's (GOOG) new software platform for cell phones and other mobile devices.
Daniel Berninger / GigaOM:
Harsh Reality Of Verizon's Open Network
Cade Metz / The Register:
Secret mailing list rocks Wikipedia  —  The Register Desktop Support Seminar .  Live & Online 11th December (10am PST)  —  On the surface, all is well in Wikiland.  Just last week, a headline from The San Francisco Chronicle told the world that "Wikipedia's Future Is Still Looking Up," …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Announces Fastest Growing Search Terms  —  Yesterday Yahoo announced its top search trends for 2007.  Google's list traditionally come later in December (here's last years list), but today VP of Search and User Experience Marissa Mayer revealed the "fastest rising U.S. search terms" on the Today Show.
Nokia World 2007: Nokia outlines its vision of Internet evolution and commitment to environmental sustainability  —  Amsterdam, The Netherlands - At the annual Nokia World conference today, Nokia outlined its vision for the mobile industry, predicting rapid change driven by the convergence …
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Universal Music Restricting Music Streaming On Certain Sites
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Nate Lanxon / Crave: The gadget blog:
Nokia's music plan: Truly unlimited downloads?
Discussion: Gizmodo and Phone Scoop
Deutsche Telekom Wins Ruling in IPhone Sales Dispute  —  Dec. 4 (Bloomberg) — Deutsche Telekom AG, Europe's largest telephone company, can block buyers of Apple Inc.'s iPhone from using the handset on competitors' networks, a German court ruled, overturning an injunction won by Vodafone Group Plc.
David Meyer / CNET   T-Mobile Germany stops selling unlocked iPhones
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
German win for closed iPhone contracts
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
MPAA's University Toolkit hit with DMCA takedown notice after GPL violation  —  The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) recently released a software toolkit designed to help universities detect instances of potentially illegal filesharing on school networks.
Tinic Uro /
Adobe Flash Player 9 Update 3 released  —  We made it!  We just shipped Adobe Flash Player 9 Update 3, the final version number is  As usual a number of different flavors of the web plugin are available, the main install page is here.  And yes, we also shipped the Linux x86-32 version.
Discussion: Infinite Loop
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Where the hell is Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook?  —  It's just totally amazing to me how badly Facebook is handling the PR around its new Beacon system.  —  This story is NOT going away.  Even if this particular story goes away, there's a bad taste in our mouths because Facebook tried to do something that clearly wasn't for the users.
Rebecca Kuo / DigiTimes:
Kenmos and Nano-Op supply LED notebook BLUs to Dell and Apple  —  Kenmos Technology and Taiwan Nano Electro-Optical Technology (Nano-Op) have become suppliers of notebook-use LED backlight units (BLUs) for Dell and Apple, with the makers' shipments to the segment expected to soar, according to industry sources.
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple validates 13-inch LED backlight units ahead of ultra-portable
Discussion: Gizmodo and Ubergizmo
Robby Stein / Official Gmail Blog:
The next evolution of labels  —  Back in the Paleolithic Era, the world was a very different kind of place.  People were hunter-gatherers, lived in caves, and kept all their email in folders*.  You can't really blame them.  Between tracking woolly mammoths, fashioning crude stone tools …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Bubble 2.0: The Video … How could we not?  A perfect link-bait video, and it is pretty funny too (Here Comes Another Bubble):  — Sphere It -
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
LA Times invests in Mixx, integrates social news site  —  The Los Angeles Times has partnered with Mixx, a social news website, to give readers more input in the news they read.  —  It has also said it will start using technology from Aggregrate Knowledge, a Silicon Valley company …
Discussion: PR Newswire, Mashable! and Webomatica
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Xbox 360 Fall 2007 Dashboard update hands-on  —  What, you didn't wait up all night to play around with Microsoft's Xbox 360 Fall 2007 Dashboard update?  Ok, fine, we're just that geeky, but we feel vindicated: this is hands down our favorite 360 update thus far.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Switched and Gearlog
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
MySpace Launches Transmissions - No, It's Not an Auto Repair Social Network  —  MySpace has announced this morning the launch of MySpace Transmissions.  The program is described as, "a music program that empowers top recording artists with a new platform to create and distribute exclusive …
John Oates / The Register:
Google slightly less open than Interpol  —  Do no evil, but keep very, very quiet about it...  Google is one of the world's least accountable and transparent organisations, only slightly less accountable than Interpol.  —  Research from One World Trust ranks intergovernmental organisations …
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David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Amazon Askville takes on Yahoo! Answers: first look
Clayton Harrison / Bloomberg:
Sprint Looks To Spin Off Its WiMax Service
Discussion: IP Democracy
Robert McMillan / InfoWorld:
Microsoft: Windows flaw could steer IE to hackers
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Dell Latitude XT manual appears online, tablet still MIA
Discussion: GottaBeMobile
Nokia acquires Avvenu for Mobile Access and Share Technologies
Dan Ackerman / CNET
It's Dell's world, and it's a World of Warcraft
Discussion: Engadget and WOW Insider
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 Earlier Items: 
Steve Guttenberg / Crave: The gadget blog:
The Podium 1 speaker: It's less than an inch thick, 6.5 feet tall …
Discussion: Gizmodo
iPhone Tops Windows Mobile Devices in Web Browsing
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google: A TV Player In 3-5 Years
PR Newswire:
'A MySpace Year' Says as It Reveals Its 'Real Deal' List …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Webmink / Simon Phipps, SunMink:
Getting Paid to Develop
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Flixster for Sale (Again)?
Dawn C. Chmielewski / Los Angeles Times:
Web search for nudity is ruled 'fair use'